P&G and PH Red Cross vaccinate over 52,000 people via ‘Bakuna Buses’

(Press Release)

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines has helped Philippine Red Cross (PRC) vaccinate over 52,000 vulnerable individuals—more than three times its initial target of 15,000 individuals in the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) area.

In September 2021, P&G donated over 5 million pesos to fund PRC’s Covid-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinics, popularly known as ‘Bakuna Buses.’ The initiative prioritizes reaching highly vulnerable Filipinos who find it difficult to go to LGU (local government unit) vaccination sites, which includes senior citizens, persons with disabilities, bed-ridden patients, and persons with special needs.  P&G’s support was able to deploy three mobile vaccination mobile clinics to at least 150 barangays in the CALABARZON area and has helped inoculate 52,427 individuals—a total of 123,224 Covid-19 doses.

To further boost PRC’s ongoing vaccination efforts, P&G Philippines also partnered with Robinsons Supermarket through the Victory Over Virus donation drive program.  With every selected P&G hygiene product such as Safeguard, Head & Shoulders, and Oral B purchased in participating Robinsons Supermarket and Robinsons Easymart stores, ₱15 was donated to the cause. After 2 months, P&G and Robinsons raised a total of ₱1,691,880 and will help vaccinate over 2,000 senior citizens in rural areas in Region IV-A. The donation drive ran from November 15, 2021, until January 14, 2022.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Procter and Gamble for its generous support of the PRC’s vaccination program. P&G is one of our significant partners in delivering efficient and effective vaccination services. With their help, PRC was able to administer 123,224 Covid-19 vaccine doses, fully vaccinating 52,427 individuals,” said former Senator Richard J. Gordon, Chairman of PRC.

PRC will continue to support the government efforts on Covid-19 vaccination for the next two years until the end of 2023. In fact, the organization has already brought its Bakuna Buses to Mindanao, targeting to vaccinate 50,000 more people across the Philippines by the end of the year. The Bakuna Buses in the Mindanao region are currently being supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross.